I grew up in the home of my great grandparents who were among the first of 12 families to live on the Homesteads of Waimanalo in 1938.  I became a teenage mom at the age of 17 and overcame all odds by working hard to graduate with my class from Kailua High School in 1997.  By the time I was 26 years old, I had a family of 7 and children that had different struggles with health and hearing limitations. 

 

I learned very quickly how to advocate for my children as I worked through IEP meetings, medical appointments, and on going surgeries.  I continued to move forward despite discouraging comments from professionals who said my children wouldn’t overcome their deficiencies.  My husband and I immersed ourselves into the development of our children through football, volleyball, softball, basketball, baseball and skateboarding.  We coached and worked with other families to embrace every opportunity afforded to youth in the Kaneohe, Kailua, and Waimanalo area.  

 

In 2005, I worked for a Statewide Youth Support Organization advocating for foster care kids that were aging out of the system and with other at-risk youth who had mental disabilities.  I advocated and assisted youth that were struggling to graduate while working at Olomana School in 2006.  My love for youth advocacy continued through substituting and teaching Hawaiian culture at Mokapu Elementary, Kailua Elementary, and Waimanalo Elementary. When our last child entered the school system, I enrolled in college and completed a liberal arts degree from Windward Community College in 2013. 

 

In 2014, I saw the importance of having a community voice while working as a legislative session staffer at the Hawaii State Capitol.  The following year I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in social work and co-founded Na Kua ‘aina o Waimanalo to advocate against overfishing, illegal fishing and turtle poaching in our community.  I joined the neighborhood board in 2017 and championed many issues including city legislation to prohibit commercial vehicles from entering city beach parks.  

 

I believe we need better leaders that can advocate for our families, youth, and community in these very difficult times.  My grass roots community advocacy work continues and I humbly ask for your vote of support so I can be your champion in the Hawaii State House of Representatives.

LEADERSHIP

  • Orgnaized & distributed multiple community food/produce/canned goods & milk distribution during pandemic

  • Community & club youth volleyball head coach

  • Champion of Bill 8 HRS - Held the City of Honolulu accountable to their lease agrement with DHHL restricting commercial tours vehicles from accessing Waimānalo Beaches.

SERVICE

  • Co-Founder of Nā Kuaʻāina o Waimānalo (NKOW)

  • Co-Founder and Board Member of Save Our Sherwoods (SOS) 501C3

  • Current Vice Chair Waimānalo Neighborhood Board

  • Current Chair of the Residentially Challenged & Hawaiian Affairs Committee

EDUCATION

  • Kailua High School Alumni C/O 1997

  • Windward Community College Alumni C/O 2013

  • University of Hawaii at Mānoa Myron B Thompson School of Social Work Alumni C/O 2015

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'OKeanu(24), Koali'i(18)

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